Be where you are; otherwise you will miss your life. Buddha
Jeanne Long & Kate Holland
Happy Handbag is a private, not for profit, charitable scheme I set up to provide handbags, containing ladies personal hygiene items, to women in times of great hardship and/or homelessness. The majority of handbags donated are filled and given directly local service providers to give to any of their clients in a crisis situation.
Some donated handbags are sold as they are not suitable to be handed out to clients, being high-end bags which could then make that lady a target for the theft of the handbag. These handbags we try to sell to raise funds for products for the other bags. The sale of 1 bag could raise enough money to fill 2 others.
Many other useful household items are donated too, including baby equipment, these also being given to service providers for distribution to those who may need them. These are referred to as 'Happy's'
Last year - pre COVID - a total of 2,040 Happy Handbags plus 1,016 'Happy's' had been given out.
If we fail to look after others when they need help, who will look after us?
I am a busy mum and nana of 15!
After being introduced to Reiki in 1999 I decided this was a practice that I felt really comfortable with and I had the immediate desire to teach Reiki. By 2002 I had brought a number of people into Reiki so decided to start The Reiki Connection organisation for my students.
A very short time later, through the mysterious workings of Reiki I found myself working with the Reiki Regulatory Working Group on the proposed National Occupational Standards for giving Reiki in professional settings. This working group is now the Reiki Council and I am Vice-Chair and Head of Verification.
All my students are registered with the Reiki Connection which shows that they have received traditional Reiki, in person, and have a genuine Reiki lineage.
I have been practicing and teaching Reiki for over 20 years. Indian Head Massage and Rejuvenating Face Massage followed a few years later and then Crystals.
I write and teach my own courses which, if successfully completed, can be insured through Balens Insurance.
As mentioned above, I am Head of the Reiki Connection organisation which is a founder member organisation of the Reiki Council.
There is a Government backed register for Complementary Therapies which includes Reiki, the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNH), and I represent Reiki Practitioners on this board.
Reiki Master Teacher - 2000
City & Guild Further Adult Education Teaching Certificate - 2000
Head of The Reiki Connection - 2002
Open University Certificate in Social Science - 2004
Open University Certificate in Health Promotion - 2006
Treasurer of The Reiki Regulatory Working Group - 2006
Open University Bachelor of Science Degree - 2007
Treasurer of the Reiki Council - 2008
Reiki Council/C.N.H.C Verified Reiki Professional Practitioner - 2012
Reiki Council/CNHC Verified Reiki Courses - 2012
Reiki Representative on CNHC Professional Specific Board - 2015
Head of Verification for Reiki Council - 2018
Vice-Chair of Reiki Council - 2020
The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly
I am first aid qualified and insured:
Med/high impact Aerobics
50+ Keep Fit
Fitness for children under 5, this includes dance, circuits and games.
5-11 years Dance Cheerleading
I am a busy mum of 3, and a dog!
I am a personal trainer and fitness instructor living in the Cotswolds. Having loved exercise and fitness all my life it is the perfect job for me! With the current COVID restrictions I am currently offering a selection of fitness classes for everyone on Zoom and I am still doing personal training in safe environments.
My classes are very interactive, personal, fun and relaxed and open to all!
Fitness Qualifications (all REP’s) 2008-2020
Level 3 GP Exercise Referral Instructor
Level 3 Personal Trainer
Level 3 Pre & Post Natal Fitness Programme Design
Level 2 Exercise to Music Instructor
Level 2 Gym Instructor
Level 2 Circuits Instructor
Level 2 Teaching physical activities to children under 5
Extreme Interval Fitness
Groove FX Dance Fitness (Train Fitness)
Ballroom Blitz (Train Fitness)
Level 2 UKCA Cheerleading Coach, UKCA member